Early Deficit Dooms First-Place Fishers

Magic number to clinch the Eastern Division remains at 7 with 7 to play

By Tyler Zickel / New Hampshire Fisher Cats | August 27, 2018 10:22 PM

PORTLAND, ME - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats fell behind early and never recovered on Monday night, as the playoff-bound 'Cats lost 12-6 to the Portland Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field.

A two-run first and a five-run second for Portland put the game out of reach. The Sea Dogs scored those seven runs on seven hits.

New Hampshire cut into the deficit with three runs in the fifth. Back-to-back RBI doubles - one for Bo Bichette and the other off the bat of Harold Ramirez - made it 7-3 Portland, but the Sea Dogs got all three runs back in the bottom of the inning.

After Portland extended their lead to 12-3 with two runs in the home half of the seventh, the 'Cats managed to scratch across three more runs in the top of the ninth. Ramirez brought in a score with a single and Cavan Biggio followed with a double off the "Maine Monster" in left field to plate a pair, but it wouldn't be enough as New Hampshire fell 12-6.

Ramirez led the way on offense with three hits and three RBI. Bichette, Jon Berti and Juan Kelly all logged two-hit performances. Corey Copping struck out three in a scoreless inning of relief.

Biggio's two RBI tonight give him 97 on the year, seven shy of the franchise record set by Eric Thames in 2010.

The series continues on Tuesday in Portland. New Hampshire sends RHP Jon Harris to the hill to take on Sea Dog LHP Matt Kent. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. and can be heard on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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